By Will Butcher
Arsenal have confirmed that they have signed Japanese wonderkid Takuma Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
As reported by the Football Insider on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has beaten off a whole host of other clubs to bring him Asano, who is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in Asian football.
Sources have told Football Insider that Arsenal have paid a fee of around £4million for the 21-year-old.
Asano has four caps for his country, as well as one goal which came in Japan’s 7-2 win against Bulgaria.
The forward, who wore the number 10 shirt back in Japan, could immediately be loaned out in his first season at Emirates Stadium.
Wenger said of Asano: “Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future.
“He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years.”
The move has been agreed in principle and will be officially completed when the youngster has passed a medical and is issued a work permit.
Asano will become the third Japanese player to play for Arsenal, the other two being pacey winger Ryo Miyachi and journeyman Junichi Inamoto.
The Gunners are still in the transfer market for a striker, and continued to be linked with the likes of Gonzalo Higuian, Karim Benzema and Edinson Cavani after they were snubbed by Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
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